Texts and Traditions: Essays on Medieval Pastoral Care in Honour of Bella Millett

edited by Cate Gunn and Catherine Innes-Parker was published in December 2009.

Pastoral and devotional literature flourished throughout the middle ages, and its growth and transmutations form the focus of this collection. Ranging historically from the difficulties of localizing Anglo-Saxon pastoral texts to a study of what women read in late-medieval England, the individual essays survey the development of the genre and its transformation into the literature of vernacular spirituality. They offer close examinations of particular manuscripts and of individual texts, including an anonymous Speculum iuniorum, the Speculum religiosorum of Edmund Abingdon, and later vernacular compositions and translations such as Handlyng Synne and Bonaventure’s Lignum Vitae. The reading and devotional use of texts by women and solitaries is also considered.

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